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Snagit Editor Screenshot v.12
Snagit Editor Screenshot v.12
Developer(s) TechSmith
Initial release 1990; 27 years ago (1990)
Stable release 13.1.2 (April 18, 2017; 4 months ago (2017-04-18)[1]) [±]
Development status Active
Platform Windows, macOS
Type Screenshot
License Commercial, Educational, Government

Snagit is a screenshot program that captures video display and audio output. Originally for the Microsoft Windows operating systems, recent versions have also been available for macOS, but with fewer features. It is created and distributed by TechSmith, and was first launched in 1990.[2] Snagit is available in English, German, Korean, and Japanese versions.

Snagit replaces the native print screen function with additional features. Newer versions allow batch capture of embedded items such as links, pictures, and multimedia. The user can set parameters and keyboard shortcuts to capture particular types of data, which are stored in a folder called "Catalog" by default. The software can also follow links in web pages, capturing the specified data from the linked pages.

Accessories extend its features. For example, Flickr Output enables the user to upload screen captures to a Flickr account.


A quick toolbar can increase capture speed by either using the last capture method applied or by allowing the method to be quickly changed through an option menu.

It has a preview window which shows a zoomed thumbnail of whatever the cursor is hovering over and a webpage catalog maker. The preview window can gather all screen captures quickly and create a webpage in five simple steps.

The software supports different selection formats, which are All-in-One, Full Screen, Copy to clipboard, Web page as a PDF with links, Copy text to clipboard, Free hand, and Menu with time delay. The capture tool has a batch converter which allows alteration of a large numbers of files at once.

The software can automatically move screenshots to the Edit section once captured, where they can be resized, annotated, or special effects can be added.

Snagit for Chrome[edit]

Snagit for Chrome is both an extension and a web app that can be downloaded and installed from the Chrome Web Store. Announced officially March 11, 2014, Snagit for Chrome is free and similar in functionality to its desktop counterparts. It allows the user to record not only the chrome browser and any tabs and windows that are currently open, but the entire desktop as well. Available options are somewhat limited. Once the extension is activated, it is possible to take a still image or capture a video of the content on screen. Audio can also be recorded along with the video capture. Content is automatically uploaded to Google Drive for easy storage and retrieval. Snagit for Chrome is no longer available as of August 8, 2016.

Critical reception[edit]

TopTen Reviews rated the software 4/4 in all categories — the highest score of 10 comparable packages reviewed. The review highlighted the capture quality, ease of use, and support.[3] CNET rated the software 8/10, mentioning the ability to take screenshots of entire web pages, but pointed out weaknesses including a poor wizard and fewer output file formats than competitors.[4] is also very positive, awarding 5/5 and pointing out the ease of use, comprehensive features, and multiple views, but they stated that text entry in the Snagit Editor is slow, lagging behind as text is typed in the edit box.[2] PC Magazine gave Snagit 12 a rating of Excellent (4.5 out of 5) and awarded an Editor's Choice.[5]

Snagit Editor[edit]

The Editor is a basic image editing program which is implemented in the basic version. It can be used to make simple changes to screenshots, including adding arrows, blurring sections, or cropping. Other features include adding new images called "stamps" onto screenshots, changing the viewing perspective of screen captures, adding annotations, using the eyedropper tool to determine the RGB values of any color, and other tools for improving the overall look of screen captures. The Editor uses Microsoft's Fluent Ribbon UI.

See also[edit]

  • Snipping Tool, Microsoft Windows official screenshoot capture tool


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